October 11, 2018
9 months

National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET)

  • Union Cabinet has recently approved the merging of two skill institutes to form National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET).
  • The merged two institutes are National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) and the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA).
  • NCVET is envisaged as an institution which will perform the regulatory functions so far vested in NCVT and NSDA.
  • It will regulate the functioning of entities engaged in short-term and long-term vocational education and training.
  • It will establish minimum standards for the functioning of such entities.
  • It will operationalize the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) to ensure that quality and standards meet sector specific requirements.
  • Regulatory functions currently being carried out by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) through the Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) will also be housed in the NCVET.

Alphonso Mango

  • The government has recently granted Geographical Indication (GI) tag to the Alphonso Mango from Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg and other adjoining areas in Maharashtra.
  • Alphonso, the king of Mangoes, better known as ‘Hapus’ in Maharashtra, is in demand in domestic and international markets for its taste, pleasant fragrance and vibrant colour.
  • A GI is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.
  • It is given to both man-made and natural products. However it is a community right rather than individual or company.
  • It is protected under Geographical indications of goods (registration and protection) act, 1999.
  • It is managed by Cell for IPR promotion and Management (CIPAM) under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

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Make II Scheme

  • Department of Defence production under Ministry of Defence has recently cleared 31 projects and has given them in-principle approval under the Make-II scheme.
  • Make II Scheme corresponds to Make in India initiative in Defence production.
  • The provision of 'Make' category in Defence procurement Procedure is a pillar for realising the vision behind Make in India.
  • Make Scheme fosters indigenous capabilities through design & development of required defence equipment/product/upgrades by both public and private sector industry in a faster time frame.
  • Make I scheme is Government-funded and the projects under ‘Make-I’ sub-category will involve Government funding of 90%.
  • Make II scheme is Industry-funded and the projects involve development of products/equipment for which no government funding will be provided for development purposes.

Horizon 2020

  • It is a joint project by Indian government and European Union to develop a next generation influenza vaccine to protect citizens worldwide.
  • It aims to develop cost-effective and affordable influenza vaccine rapidly without compromising quality.
  • It is expected to contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 3 to ensure health and well-being for all and boost the Indian National Health Mission
  • The project require minimum 3 applicants from European countries associated to Horizon 2020 and minimum 3 applicants from India.
  • It is also open to applicants from other countries.

Singphan Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Singphan wildlife sanctuary has been declared as a Elephant reserve by the Government of Nagaland.
  • With the approval of Government of India, it becomes the 30th Elephant reserve in the country.
  • The reserve lies in the North-western part of the State of Nagaland.
  • The declaration will boost the elephant conservation in the country especially north eastern region.


Source: PIB, The Hindu, BusinessLine


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